Relievers Hang on to Victory

Rain, snow or shine, BYU baseball got another game in despite the weather. The Cougars won game one against rival Utah and host the Utes Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

PROVO -- Strong relief pitching helped BYU hold on for a 6-5 victory over rival Utah Thursday night at Larry H. Miller.

The win pushes the Cougars record to 15-5-1 (3-1, Mountain West Conference). The Utes fall to (7-14, 1-3). With the victory, BYU moves into a first place tie with UNLV in the league standings.

BYU got an early lead, scoring two runs in the first on back-to-back-to-back singles by Apana Nakayama, Jeff Hiestand and Brandon Taylor. Hiestand scored on Taylor's single when the ball got past Utes' centerfielder John Welsh.

Utah responded in the third inning adding two runs of its own on four hits including a RBI single by Ryan Khoury. Khoury was caught stealing which hurt the Utes because the next batter Doug Beck doubled. BYU pitcher Dave Horlacher was able to get the last Ute hitter to fly out to end the threat in the inning.

The Cougars responded in the bottom side of the inning on Sean McNaughton's ninth home run of the season, a solo shot to deep right-center. BYU head coach Vance Law is impressed with the start of his freshman second baseman.

"He [McNaughton] is an explosive, explosive hitter," Law said. "He is confident and the ball just jumps off of his bat."

Utah responded in the next half inning, scoring two to take its first--and only--lead of the ball game. They scored on a Ryder Olsen RBI single.

In the fifth, BYU used the long ball to re-take the lead. Hiestand smoked a long homer to center field to put the Cougs up 5-4. The teams traded runs in the sixth inning before excellent relief pitching set in.

BYU got four solid relief innings from Justin Su`a--who recorded his second win and James Platt--who got his third save on the season.

"I'm pleased with the performance of our pitching," Law said. "It wasn't a real pretty game defensively, but a win is a win and we'll take it."

The series continues at Larry H. Miller Field Friday night at 7 p.m. BYU will likely start pitcher Brandon Christiansen (1-0, 4.32 ERA) against the Utes. There will be audio coverage of the game on KOVO 960 AM and also via the Internet at www.byucougars.com.

University of Utah at Brigham Young Univ.

Mar 24, 2005 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

University of Utah 5 (7-14,1-3 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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WELSH, John cf........... 5 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 0

KHOURY, Ryan ss.......... 4 0 1 1 1 2 1 3 3

BECK, Doug 2b............ 5 0 4 0 0 0 1 3 0

MOZELESKI, Joe rf........ 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

BROSSMAN, Jay 3b......... 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0

GARRETT, Clayne 1b....... 4 0 0 0 0 3 9 0 2

EASTMAN, Trevor c........ 4 2 2 0 0 0 9 1 0

OLSEN, Ryder dh.......... 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0

TARTLER, Seth lf......... 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0

PRICE, Jason p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

COOPER, Josh p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 37 5 13 1 2 7 24 8 8

Brigham Young Univ. 6 (15-5-1,3-1 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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McNAUGHTON, Sean 2b...... 4 1 1 1 0 1 6 1 1

VILLEZCAS, Marcos ss..... 4 1 3 0 0 0 1 2 0

NAKAYAMA, Apana dh....... 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

HIESTAND, Jeff 1b........ 3 2 2 2 1 1 6 0 0

TAYLOR, Brandon 3b....... 4 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 2

SAYLOR, Ben lf........... 3 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 1

KNELL, Kory rf........... 3 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0

CHAMBERS, Ryan cf........ 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0

NELSON, Casey c.......... 4 0 1 1 0 1 7 3 2

HORLACHER, Dave p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

SU'A, Justin p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

PLATT, James p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 32 6 10 5 3 9 27 9 6

Score by Innings R H E

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University of Utah.. 002 201 000 - 5 13 1

Brigham Young Univ.. 201 021 00X - 6 10 3

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E - WELSH; McNAUGHTON; CHAMBERS; HORLACHER. DP - Utah Utes 1; BYU Cougars 1.

LOB - Utah Utes 8; BYU Cougars 6. 2B - BECK; BROSSMAN; OLSEN; NELSON. HR -

McNAUGHTON(9); HIESTAND(4). SH - TARTLER; KNELL. SB - KNELL. CS - KHOURY;

EASTMAN.

University of Utah IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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PRICE, Jason........ 6.1 9 6 5 3 7 26 30

COOPER, Josh........ 1.2 1 0 0 0 2 6 6

Brigham Young Univ. IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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HORLACHER, Dave..... 5.0 9 4 2 2 4 22 24

SU'A, Justin........ 2.0 2 1 1 0 2 8 9

PLATT, James........ 2.0 2 0 0 0 1 7 7

Win - SU'A (2-0). Loss - PRICE (1-5). Save - PLATT (3).

WP - SU'A.

Umpires - HP: John DeLuca 1B: Ted Bergquist 3B: Randy Upton

Start: 7:17 pm Time: 2:35 Attendance: 771

Play-by-Play

University of Utah at Brigham Young Univ.

Mar 24, 2005 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

Score by Innings R H E

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University of Utah.. 002 201 000 - 5 13 1

Brigham Young Univ.. 201 021 00X - 6 10 3

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University of Utah starters: 4/cf WELSH; 2/ss KHOURY; 3/2b BECK; 22/rf MOZELESKI;

18/3b BROSSMAN; 33/1b GARRETT; 5/c EASTMAN; 24/dh OLSEN; 16/lf TARTLER; 15/p PRICE;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 15/2b McNAUGHTON; 10/ss VILLEZCAS; 24/dh NAKAYAMA;

16/1b HIESTAND; 3/3b TAYLOR; 25/lf SAYLOR; 12/rf KNELL; 22/cf CHAMBERS; 8/c NELSON;

11/p HORLACHER;

University of Utah 1st - WELSH struck out swinging. KHOURY walked. BECK flied

out to lf. MOZELESKI popped up to 1b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - McNAUGHTON grounded out to 1b unassisted. VILLEZCAS

flied out to cf. NAKAYAMA singled to left field. HIESTAND singled to right field;

NAKAYAMA advanced to second. TAYLOR singled to center field, advanced to second on a

fielding error by cf, RBI; HIESTAND scored, unearned; NAKAYAMA scored. SAYLOR struck

out swinging. 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

University of Utah 2nd - BROSSMAN grounded out to p. GARRETT struck out

looking. EASTMAN popped up to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - KNELL struck out swinging. CHAMBERS fouled out to

c. NELSON struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

University of Utah 3rd - OLSEN doubled to left field. TARTLER singled, bunt,

advanced to second on a throwing error by p; OLSEN scored. WELSH flied out to rf;

TARTLER advanced to third. KHOURY singled to shortstop, RBI; TARTLER scored,

unearned. KHOURY out at second c to 2b, caught stealing. BECK doubled to center

field. MOZELESKI flied out to lf. 2 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - McNAUGHTON homered to left field, RBI. VILLEZCAS

singled through the left side. NAKAYAMA grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b;

VILLEZCAS out on the play. HIESTAND walked. TAYLOR reached on a fielder's choice;

HIESTAND out at second ss to 2b. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

University of Utah 4th - BROSSMAN doubled down the lf line. GARRETT struck

out swinging. EASTMAN singled to center field, advanced to second on a throwing

error by cf; BROSSMAN scored, unearned. OLSEN singled through the right side;

EASTMAN scored. TARTLER flied out to cf. WELSH singled to right center; OLSEN

advanced to third. KHOURY struck out swinging. 2 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 2

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - SAYLOR flied out to cf. KNELL struck out swinging.

CHAMBERS walked. NELSON flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

University of Utah 5th - BECK singled through the left side. MOZELESKI

grounded into double play ss to 2b to 1b; BECK out on the play. BROSSMAN walked.

GARRETT flied out to lf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - McNAUGHTON grounded out to 2b. VILLEZCAS singled up

the middle. NAKAYAMA popped up to 1b. HIESTAND homered to center field, 2 RBI;

VILLEZCAS scored. TAYLOR struck out looking. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

University of Utah 6th - SU'A to p for HORLACHER. EASTMAN reached on a

fielding error by 2b. OLSEN singled to right field; EASTMAN advanced to second.

TARTLER out at first c to 2b, SAC, bunt; OLSEN advanced to second; EASTMAN advanced

to third. WELSH fouled out to 1b. OLSEN advanced to third; EASTMAN scored on a wild

pitch. KHOURY struck out swinging. 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - SAYLOR walked. KNELL grounded out to p, SAC, bunt;

SAYLOR advanced to second. CHAMBERS struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b.

NELSON doubled down the rf line, RBI; SAYLOR scored. McNAUGHTON struck out looking.

1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

University of Utah 7th - BECK singled to second base. MOZELESKI grounded out

to p; BECK advanced to second. BROSSMAN grounded out to 3b. GARRETT struck out

looking. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - VILLEZCAS singled to left field. NAKAYAMA popped up

to lf. COOPER to p for PRICE. HIESTAND struck out swinging. TAYLOR struck out

swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

University of Utah 8th - PLATT to p for SU'A. EASTMAN singled to second base.

OLSEN flied out to cf. EASTMAN out at second c to 2b, caught stealing. TARTLER

struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - SAYLOR grounded out to 1b unassisted. KNELL singled

up the middle. KNELL stole second. CHAMBERS grounded out to 2b; KNELL advanced to

third. NELSON grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

University of Utah 9th - WELSH popped up to 3b. KHOURY lined out to ss. BECK

singled to center field. MOZELESKI reached on a fielder's choice; BECK out at second

ss to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

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